Merrill Ream Speed Reading

Merrill Ream Speed Reading

This course will teach you how to save time by reading faster and with better comprehension.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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Are you struggling to keep up with a flood of email, articles, reports, and books? Save yourself hours of time and increase your productivity by learning to read faster and with better comprehension. This course is a complete speed-reading experience. Topics are presented in a logical progression with plenty of time to help you master the skills and techniques you will need for lasting proficiency as a speed-reader.


On this first day of class, you'll read a story to evaluate your present reading rate. You'll learn how many words per minute you read now, and then you'll compare that number to what percent of the reading material you're really comprehending. You'll also get an opportunity to check out some speed reading accomplishments. Then, you'll complete an eye-span exercise to start you on the path toward becoming a speed reader!

In this lesson, you'll practice some basic reading eye movements and learn how they're important to the speed reading process. Then, you'll take a reading rate and comprehension test. Your results will give you a baseline that you can use to chart your speed reading progress in this course, lesson-by-lesson. From there, you can set goals to increase your reading rate while maintaining a good reading comprehension.

By now, you might feel that the activities you're using to master your speed reading skills are becoming routine and repetitive. For that reason, this lesson will talk about how and why you should continue doing the Regulated Reading, Timed Reading, and Assignment exercises to gain increased reading rates with good reading comprehension. Finally, you'll read some stories that are formatted to help you improve your speed.

In this lesson, you'll examine the retinal image phenomena and how it relates to a speed reader's eye movements. Speed reading is a skill that's best achieved by doing repetitive practice, so you'll continue working on those exercises that are helping you to improve your speed.

You'll probably find it helpful to work on lesson activities in the same comfortable and familiar surroundings. This lesson will talk about eight bad reading habits that contribute to slow reading, then you'll explore how to overcome them. Finally, you'll review some terminology that's unique to speed reading.

In this lesson, you'll look at 16 good speed reading practices you can apply to the course exercises and any other reading you do outside of class. You're at the midpoint in the course, so this is also a good time to compare your reading rate and comprehension scores with those of the former students you read about earlier. From there, you'll set goals for you to meet in the remaining lessons.

You'll probably be reading pretty quickly by the time you reach this lesson, but how can you make sure your comprehension scores are keeping up? In this lesson, you'll look at the skills you'll need to work on to improve your comprehension. You'll find out what keys and identified parts are unique to all stories, and knowing those will help you to improve your comprehension. You'll be glad to learn that you already know a few speed reading skills and techniques as you continue to apply them to the course activities.

In this lesson, you'll practice speed reading skills and techniques in real-world reading materials outside of class. You'll learn a method you can use to measure your speed reading rates when you're reading such materials. At this point, you'll be eager to read outside materials, not just for their content, but to further develop your speed reading skills and techniques.

You're now ready to analyze your personal speed reading style. You'll once again compare your speed reading rate and comprehension scores with those of former students to see how you stack up against others. You'll also compare your current scores with the scores you recorded at the beginning of the course to see how far you've come!

In this lesson, you'll look at eight word recognition vocabulary skills that you can work into your personal speed reading style. You'll learn how context clues and literal and inferential meanings in stories influence comprehension. All are part of the English language and fit right in with speed reading.

In this lesson, you'll see if you can figure out which of your behavior patterns are most useful in your own speed reading style. First and foremost, you need flexibility to focus on improving your reading speed, then you need an experimental attitude to get rid of poor reading habits. You'll study how the time you put in and the effort you expend affect your speed reading progress.

In the last lesson, you'll look at your personal speed reading accomplishments, as well as your speed reading future. From here on out, you're in the real world of reading, but you'll go into it with a lifelong speed reading skill. You'll learn how to adjust your personal speed reading style to any materials you read, because now you are a speed reader!



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Merrill L. Ream

Merrill L. Ream, Ph.D. (Course Author)

Curt Simmons

Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. He holds degrees in English and communication studies and has more than 10 years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Simmons has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles.


When I started in chapter1, my reading speed was 165. By the time the course ended I was up to 642. While this may not seem very high for other students, it was quite an accomplishment for me, being that English is my second language. I will continue practicing and will get faster. I really liked this course, and will recommend it to my friends.

I am an avid reader. Thanks to this course I more than doubled my reading speed and increased my comprehension. I will continue to practice the skills I learned in this course. Thank you.

I enjoyed this course, but it is not over! I plan to continue to practice the techniques that have been taught.

I found this course to be extremely useful and valuable and would highly recommend it. I very much enjoyed learning and found all the information very easy to understand, informative, and useful.

I really enjoyed the course. My reading time doubled and my comprehension varied between 80 and 100 percent.

My reading rate more than doubled. I will be using the skills I learned in this class to further my reading rate. An extremely helpful course.

Thanks for a very useful course! I had my doubts just how helpful it would be since I didn't understand how comprehension could be preserved with a gain in speed. However, my doubts were unfounded...I actually more than tripled my speed and with practice improved my comprehension too. Thanks again.

This course was excellent and allowed me to drastically increase my reading rate. I have not one negative comment about this course. Everything was superb.

This course was excellent for me. I only wish I had taken this course while I was in college. However, as a professional in the health care field, the skill of speed reading will help me keep abreast of new research and literature to the level I can be proud of. Thank you so much Dr. Merrill

Self-Guided Course Code: T9842
Instructor-Moderated Course Code: msr